Climbing the Stairs - Deepavali - Malati's Departure. Summary & Analysis

T. V. Padma
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Deepavali - Malati's Departure. Summary

Deepavali:

Vidya and her family are allowed to participate in the fireworks that accompany the festival of Deepavali, celebrating Lord Krishna. Vidya tells her mother she looks beautiful and remembers how her parents used to look at each other with adoring eyes. Vidya reaches into a box for some sparklers and her hand brushes against Raman's. The two back away from each other nervously, touching is frowned upon in their culture. That night Vidya dreams of Raman.

Raman's Gift:

It is the second day of Deepavali and all of the women in the house are given new saris by their husbands/fathers. Because appa is "gone" Vidya and amma are not given new saris. The other women go to bless their garments and Vidya tells amma it is ok, she has enough saris anyway. Thatha appears and...

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